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Forum topic by MaroonGoon posted 09-29-2013 07:29 PM 570 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MaroonGoon

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09-29-2013 07:29 PM

I’m stuck on choosing the right table size for a couple of end tables that I’m making..at first I was going to make the top 18”x18” but then I started thinking about the top being rectangular since it will be on either side of our couch. If I made it rectangular I would make it 12”x18”. What size and shape would y’all prefer for your end tables?

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 09-29-2013 07:34 PM

Well, the one I’m sitting next to is 22 × 18 and I like it.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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MaroonGoon

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 07:41 PM

I like the idea of a bigger table area (18”x18”) but my line of thinking was if I’m sitting on the edge of the couch then I can only comfortably reach things about 12-14” away from the couch so if I made it wider them that, I would have wasted or unused table space. But I’d like to make it big enough to hold a lamp, coasters, candle, etc and I’m not sure if making it 12” wide will be big enough..

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 09-29-2013 08:18 PM

We have matching sofa and loveseat placed 90° to each other. I built a cabinet 30” square by 22” high to serve the purpose of an end/corner table with storage under. This suits our needs.

I built two end tables for my wife’s mother – one for each end of her sofa. Those are 14” wide by 18” deep by 22” high with a drawer the height of the apron and a shelf under. That suits her needs.

The size and shape of your tables should be what suits your application.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#4 posted 09-29-2013 08:42 PM

Everything depends on the space and use, but 12” would be too narrow for me for an end table. Just a bit more than a sheet of paper width. I’d make it 14-18” wide and perhaps make it deeper (22 or 24) if you don’t want a square.

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404 - Not Found

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#5 posted 09-29-2013 10:51 PM

You could always cut out a few different size rectangles out of cardboard and prop them up at the right height and see how that works out.

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MaroonGoon

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#6 posted 09-29-2013 11:00 PM

Thats a good idea renners I think I will do that. 12” does seem a bit small to me too. I’ll have to play with the dimensions of both the length and width and see what I can come up with as a good medium between the two mentioned sizes. Thanks for the input guys

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#7 posted 09-29-2013 11:04 PM

What’s the depth of your couch back to the end of the arms? If you plan on incorporating a table lamp on it, then the breath of the shade and lamp base should be considered for symetry, don’t ya think? We use both rectangular and octagon tables in our living room. Think of drinks ash trays, if ya smoke etc. Don’t crowd things.

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 12:20 PM

I like to work with the Golden ratio when deciding on a proportion for a rectangular tabletop.

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